Ntini signs off in style
KENT produced a dominant performance to thrash LV= County Championship champions Durham by an innings and four runs inside two days at the Riverside on Tuesday.
Makhaya Ntini took 6-51 – including the final five wickets to fall – as Kent wrapped up victory with two days and most of a session to spare to banish the memory of the sixwicket defeat to the same side at Canterbury last week.
After the hosts were dismissed for 121 in the first innings, with Amjad Khan collecting 5-43, Darren Stevens inspired the visitors to a total of 320 in reply with 102 from 110 balls.
Durham opener Michael Di Venuto made 86 as Durham battled to make up the 199-run first innings deficit but with the exception of Ben Stokes (53), no-one could stay with him.
ROB KEY blamed Kent’s third Championship Division 1 defeat against champions Durham at Canterbury last week on a poor second innings batting display.
England Under-19 batsman Ben Stokes, who scored more than 200 runs in the match without being dismissed, rushed the North East side to their second win of the season, shortly after 12.15pm on the final day, smashing 26 off Joe Denly’s only over, following up his unbeaten 161 in the first innings with an unbeaten 43.
Kent led by only six, despite Key’s impressive first innings double hundred (261), after Stokes and Dale Benkenstein (114) helped Durham to score 418, Makhaya Ntini claiming his first first five-wicket haul for the county. However, they struggled from the moment Key and Denly both went with the score 34.
Martin van Jaarsveld top scored with 44 but a middle order collapse saw them slip from 121-4 to 1379, before Ntini and Amjad Khan added 25 for the last wicket, leaving Durham to score 168 to win.
Key said: “We had our chances to win and played all the cricket for two days but let it slip at crucial times, bowling pretty badly or not batting well enough when we were looking to get a decent score.
“A target of 300 on that pitch on the last day would have been our game.”